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Jehovah's Witnesses spearhead South Inverness 'gateway'

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May 19 2020

Jehovah's Witnesses spearhead South Inverness 'gateway'
A new place of worship has been announced in Inverness by the Jehovah's Witnesses to rise off land off Old Edinburgh Road.
 
The Kingdom Hall is being built on an undeveloped parcel of land to the south of the city to replace an existing meeting place in the city centre which the group has outgrown.
 
Bearing clean angles and sharp white render and strip nail metal cladding the design has been chosen to stand apart from its surroundings to act as a 'gateway entrance statement' to the Inshes and Milton of Leys area.
 
Comprising a main auditorium, ancillary spaces and entrance the hall will be delivered by the local design and construction department of the churches Britain branch.
 
In a planning statement the department wrote: "The unique architectural concept comes from the design of these three areas in significantly different ways, in terms of layout and massing, yet bringing them together with finishes to deliver a building with strong seamless architectural merit.
 
"This approach has delivered a building with a high level of interest from all angles. No elevation is the same, yet all are linked through scale and pallet choice. This ensures the building will capture the imagination of all and generate a level of interest demanded from a unique piece of architecture in a gateway position."
 
Pre-application discussions indicate planners are happy with this approach on the proviso that land is retained for a possible retail development to the immediate south.

6 Comments

G
#1 Posted by G on 19 May 2020 at 12:16 PM
It worries me that any religious organisation can be growing in 21st Century Britain, let alone Jehovah's Witnesses.
E=mc2
#2 Posted by E=mc2 on 19 May 2020 at 12:53 PM
Unique architectural concept in the same way all McDonalds are slighty different...
The Bairn
#3 Posted by The Bairn on 19 May 2020 at 16:53 PM
Okay I will be the first to say it.
Its a 'shit' D & B project with little or no architectural merit. Glad its not in my backyard!! Good citizens of Inverness beware of any future knocks on the door.
Cadmonkey
#4 Posted by Cadmonkey on 20 May 2020 at 11:46 AM
Why do the Jehova’s Witnesses want to hold meetings in a green keepers shed?
Does god not appreciate good design?
Nairn's Bairn
#5 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 20 May 2020 at 12:16 PM
Say what you like about the building, at least the windows will be clean.
nathan wright
#6 Posted by nathan wright on 21 May 2020 at 22:18 PM
"This approach has delivered a building with a high level of interest from all angles. No elevation is the same, yet all are linked through scale and pallet choice. This ensures the building will capture the imagination of all and generate a level of interest demanded from a unique piece of architecture in a gateway position."

Oh dearie me ! A "pallet" is a slatted timber device used for storing things for transport whereas a "pallette" is a board for displaying artist's materials.

Now I understand where the phrase "Jesus wept" comes from.

Oh and don't forget the proviso to leave land for neighbouring retail development to the immediate south. Can't get the moneylenders into the temple because its contrary to planning policy but hey, nothing to stop us putting them next door.

No social distancing when it comes to planning policy in Inverness it would seem.

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